RAISING OF THE FLAG AND CEREMONIAL OFFICER INAUGURATION AT KOSSUTH TÉR

Venue: Budapest, Kossuth tér
Time: 8.30 a.m.-10.00 a.m. 20 August 2012

It has been a long-standing tradition for many decades that freshly graduated cadets, who have now completed their studies at the National Public Service University, Ludovika Battalion, are inaugurated as officers as part of the celebrations that mark the foundation of the State. As of 2007, the officer inauguration ceremony took place at Hősök tere; however, this year graduates will take their public oath once again at the former venue, Kossuth tér.

On 20 August, organisers will await members of the public outside the Parliament Building as of 7.40 a.m. Before the ceremony, musical entertainment will be provided by the Brigade Orchestra of the Vitéz Szurmay Sándor Budapest Garrison Troops of the Hungarian Defence Forces, following which spectators may view the formation display of the Special Parade  Group with musical accompaniment.

The series of state celebrations of 20 August will begin at 8.30 a.m. at Kossuth tér with the raising of Hungary’s national flag with military honours. This ceremony is traditionally performed by the Budapest Garrison Troops, and János Áder, Hungary’s President of the Republic will give permission to raise the flag. The ceremony will be attended by state dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corps and other invited guests. At the event, Hungary’s historical flags will also be displayed in front of the Parliament Building.
Defence Minister Csaba Hende’s speech will be followed by the oath-taking ceremony. The text of the oath is traditionally presented for fellow-graduates by a military student of the university who completed his/her studies with outstanding results. In revival of an old tradition, similar to last year’s ceremony, the newly inaugurated officers will confirm their oaths by drawing their swords this year as well.

President of the Republic János Áder will be the first to greet the soldiers now saluting as officers with his ceremonial speech. The speech will be accompanied by the Millennium Ode performed by the Children’s Choir of the Hungarian Radio. This performance will be enhanced by the Dance Ensemble of the Defence Forces, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, the Bihari János Dance Ensemble and the Tata, Makó and Csepel children’s folk dance groups. Conductor: László Matos, senior conductor of the Children’s Choir; choreographer: Zoltán Zsuráfszky.
After the official ceremony of the officer inauguration, the ceremonial battalion will pay their tribute to their superiors and Hungary’s national flag with a parade march. Following this, the young officers will be greeted by the first formation of aircraft and helicopters.

The ceremony of officer inauguration is the closing event of a one-hundred-day celebration with a tradition dating back a hundred years which is held in preparation for the inauguration of the defence forces graduates of the Ludovika Battalion as officers. In the last three years, the one-hundred-day celebrations have begun with the Ludovika Festival.

Those attending the inauguration ceremony this year conducted their studies in the last academic year at the Military Sciences and Defence Forces Officer Training Faculty of the National Public Service University. Consequently, cadets having completed their studies in this institution will be inaugurated for the first time this year. In preservation of the traditions of tertiary military officer training of over two hundred years, the Faculty provides professional training for prospective officers, offers re-training and further training to the officers of the Hungarian Defence Forces and provides education for security specialists with a view to the challenges of the 21st century, based on the requirements and expectations of the Hungarian Defence Forces.

The ceremony of 20 August will be broadcast live by Hungarian Television.